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Preparing for the Summer Break
It’s almost here…your long-awaited summer vacation! Whether you plan to remain on campus or head back home, you’re ready for some downtime and a chance to chill in the sun. And no doubt you have earned some time to rest! But the next few months will go by faster than you can imagine. How can you be intentional with your time off so you’re able to experience the best of summer freedom, while still making your days count?
Seek New Experiences: Expand Your Horizons
Gain New Experiences. College is a time of self-discovery. What are some areas of interest you have yet to tap into? Do you have unanswered questions about potential career options? Take a risk and seek out a new type of summer job, or even an internship, in a field of work that peaks your interest. If this isn’t possible, arrange to job shadow someone for a day or two in a career-area you’re wondering about. You will gain unbelievable insights! Experiencing new volunteer opportunities can also be a great way to learn more about what brings life and makes you tick, so tread out into uncharted waters. The stretch will make you stronger.
Work Ahead: Take Advantage of Free Time
Work Ahead. What’s the next thing looming on your “to do” list? Why not tackle it now? Are you still in high school? Go ahead and request letters of recommendation from your teachers. Apply for scholarships! Midway through college? Get a jump on reading for your fall classes.
Take a summer class online or from your community college and get some credits out of the way! Nearing college graduation? Start writing your resume’ now. These tasks may sound unpleasant until you think of the time and stress it will inevitably save you down the road. Next semester may be way simpler because you spread the work out and alleviated pressure that would have built up later!
Smart Financial Moves During Vacation
Save Money. If you’re able to live at home, take advantage of the chance to save money for a few months. With less on your plate, getting a job and saving money over the summer should be a no-brainer. Even if it doesn’t go to your tuition, your income now can help with basic living expenses come fall. Also, look for ways you can bring in some extra cash by selling stuff you don’t need or use anymore, including your used textbooks.
Focus Spiritually: Recharge Your Inner Self
Focus Spiritually. Summer is a great time to slow down and take inventory of our soul. How are you doing, honestly? Where are some emotional “holes” that need patching up? What kind of growth would you like to see in your life before heading back to school? Seek out a counselor or mentor for some input on struggles you may be having or to help you set goals for the coming school year.
Additionally, when was the last time you read something non-academic? Pick up a Christian classic or new devotional and dive into an area where you want to gain spiritual maturity. Above all, carve out time to be with Jesus in a meaningful way. There could never be a better use of your time!
Stay Active: Incorporate Physical Activity into Your Daily Routine
Stay Active. Being active doesn’t necessarily mean hitting the gym every day (unless that’s your thing). Think of activities you love that also involve some form of physical exercise. Perhaps it’s a pick-up game of soccer with friends, a morning jog in the park, a yoga session, or a bike ride to explore your city. Regular exercise not only improves your physical health but also boosts your mood, reduces stress, and promotes better sleep – all of which will set you up for a productive and energetic return to school.
Discover New Hobbies: Utilize Free Time for Personal Growth
Discover New Hobbies. The summer break is a perfect time to explore new hobbies or delve deeper into current ones. Always wanted to learn how to play guitar? This is the perfect time. Interested in painting or digital photography? Why not take a local class or follow an online tutorial? Hobbies can be an excellent stress-reliever, a way to meet new people, and who knows, it might even evolve into a future career or side gig! Remember, the aim is not to become a master but to enjoy the process and learn something new.
Recharge, Rest, Play, Repeat: Embrace the Joys of Summer
Recharge, Rest, Play, Repeat! Do you realize that the concept of having summers “off” only lasts a few more years? Unless you plan to stay in the educational world, chances are you won’t have too many summers left for unstructured relaxation. Take advantage while it lasts! Prioritized family time. Reconnect with friends you have missed. Plan some adventures! Go exploring! As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink the wild air.” Seize the summer days and make the days count!
Embrace the Summer Opportunity
Summer break offers a unique opportunity to balance relaxation and productivity in a way that the rest of the year may not allow. Use this time wisely to explore new interests, prepare for the upcoming academic year, make smart financial decisions, focus on your spiritual health, and stay active, all while discovering new hobbies. By being intentional with your time, you can ensure that you’re not only getting the rest and enjoyment you deserve but also setting yourself up for future success. Remember, it’s not about cramming every moment with activities, but about making the most of this freedom to grow personally and academically. So, embrace this summer opportunity, and make every day count!